Have Disco, Will Travel

10/21/2009

I actually survived the “Disco era” in the late 70’s & early 80’s. I did the polyester leisure suits, The Hustle, The Bump and lived through the “Saturday Night Fever” years. Bill Meade & I had a mobile sound & light system, and cashed in on the craze. We had some great gigs, including some memorable Christmas parties at the old Ramada Inn in Kingsport. I’m pretty sure we actually invented the “YMCA” audience participation dance! Or at least we ripped it off pretty early. One party I booked was for the National Association of the Deaf, out of Knoxville. We were going to play music for a bunch of deaf people? Seemed strange to both of us until the party started. We made sure our lights were more synchronized, and the base turned up more than usual, and they danced the night away….mostly to the vibrations from the speakers. It was a wonderful and uplifting experience, but Bill had the quote of the night. At one point, one of the attendees tripped over one of our cables. After making sure they were OK, Bill uttered to me, “What are they, blind?”

Bill Meade & I doing the Disco thang…1980’s